The City of Vancouver plans to remove a traffic circle along a popular cycling route because of a sharp rise in accidents in recent years.
In a letter to residents living near Pine Street and West 10th Avenue, transportation engineer Brian Gould explains that this corner has become extremely perilous for cyclists.
"The traffic circle was installed in 2004 as part of the 10th Avenue Bikeway project," he writes. "Since that time, however, the intersection has consistently been identified by ICBC among the top 10 locations in the city in terms of frequency of cycling collisions involving motor vehicles. In the seven years before the circle was installed, there were no reported collisions involving cyclists. However, in the period from 2005 to 2012, 17 were reported."
Gould's letter notes that a UBC study also "identified this intersection among the most commonly reported collision locations involving traffic circles".
Every single incident occurred with a cyclist travelling east or west along West 10th Avenue, and the drivers entering the intersection going northbound or southbound along Pine Street.
"To address these safety issues, City staff have determined that the most appropriate actions are to remove the circle and trim landscaping on City right-of-way that may be affecting sightlines," Gould states in the letter. "At the time of removal, stop signs will be installed for north-south traffic on Pine Street."